I’m going to do all Goblins (Common, Night, Forest) all as one big mashup. Firstly because I think you use what you want for what you want, and secondly, lazy.
For those of you hoping to do all Goblin lists (and kudos to you if you are), the main priority could well be price. If price is the main concern to you, GWs are actually the low end of the market. £20 for 20 seems to be the ball park number from GW, so it’s a serious contender, especially with plenty of the BFSP Night Goblins still floating around for pence. However, that’s not the point of this blog so lets start looking at the alternatives. First post on Goblins is going to feature the alternatives that are cheaper/cheapish. Second blog will focus on those of you with good jobs/deep pockets.
And there we have it. You all knew they were coming. Mantic Goblins. Pretty decent sculpts from the Number 2 company in the UK. The Rabble (HW/S) Goblins aren’t that cheap. 14.99 for 20. You are only saving £5 on the miniatures, but again, over 200 Minis that’s a pretty good lump (Almost enough for 84 squig alternatives). Having said that, if you take a look at the spitters (bows), you can get a horde. 40 goblins for 24.99. Much bigger saving and dare I comment on actually playing the game (I’m terrible), more useful. Mantic (being much nicer people than Games Workshop) also occasionally have sales, and the horde of spitters was recently on sale for 14.99. For 40 decent models. What was that about wargaming being an expensive hobby again?
On a personal note, I went down to Mantic Games to pick up a mail order last year and would like to point out how lovely and welcoming everyone there was. Seems like an excellent company, and I can’t wait to see what else they produce this year. I’ve been meaning to start playing the actual Kings of War game too, but haven’t got round to it yet!
Next up we have West Wind productions. Better known for a few different games they are still solid producers of 28mm fantasy models. Their Goblin range is far more unique than the generic fantasy greenskins, looking some how meaner and goofier than most others.
Now the first point to make is that those are 25mm bases they are mounted on. Big models for Goblins. Having said that if you are really trying to move away from the GW look you probably couldn’t get much better than these. What’s more the price is pretty attractive too. £12 for 10 metal models. Not often you read that any more. They come in a variety of Spears, Axes and Bows, so pretty much got all three options nailed down. Link at the bottom.
My favourite find of the day has to be these little guys. Sand Goblins. Perhaps an army based on the borders of the deserts might suit these better than those living in the jungles, or maybe you could just paint them up black and use them as Night Goblins.
They are available from Black Cat Bases and cost £10 for a pack of 10. Same price, give or take, as Games Workshop. They’ve got quite a lot of character and certainly a unique look in comparison to other Fantasy Goblins. Alternatively they might make quite interesting Sneaky Stabbas. Speaking of which, check out this cool cat.
He’s available from CP Models, and unfortunately, there is only one like him. Still, very nice model to have jump out and Killing Blow everything. Twice as nice at only £1.55. We’ll be seeing a lot more from CP models I feel in future posts. Links at the bottom.
Finally in the cheapish/cheapo/cheapest post we can have a look at these next guys. They are Orcs by design, but I think they appear to be small enough to represent common gobbos.
These again are from CP Models (I really love them) and cost £7.25 for the models you see in above. That’s the downside. A little more expensive, and a limited range. Only 5 models might get a little repetitive, but probably passable as a Goblin unit of 30 or so in an Orc and Goblin army. Links are below.
That concludes the cheapest of the cheap, next up we will be looking at the slightly more expensive and possibly better looking options.
Black Cat Bases Sand Goblins
CP Models Orcs and Goblins